Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Feb. 6, 2019
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Montessori for the Kindergarten Year
In the photo: Aspen class students with their completed Birds Eye View work.
Parent/teacher conferences are coming up this Friday, Feb. 8, and parents of pre-k students will be asking about their child’s readiness for kindergarten, and deciding whether or not to keep them at WMS for their third or fourth year.
“Why Montessori for the kindergarten year?”, written by Tim Seldin with Elizabeth Coe, and previously featured in Tomorrow’s Child magazine, may offer a few answers. Please read the article and come to us with all of your questions.
(The article is used here with permission. We invite you to visit www.montessori.org and join the Montessori Family Alliance.)—NC Early Childhood & Toddler Program Director Judy Samudovsky
The third year is magical!
From the February Pine class newsletter, Carol Harshaw
Think back to when you toured Woodinville Montessori School. Maybe your child was still in diapers at the time and you were primarily focused on our amazing Toddler program, or you were just thinking about sending your child to school for the first time. I am sure you heard the admissions director talk about the three-year cycle, but that seemed so far away, and you were so focused on the upcoming year ahead…continued on the EC program page.→
In case of more snow days or late starts
Loki, Cedar teacher Taylor Westphal’s dog, waits for Taylor on campus on Monday. Though it was a snow day, man and dog stopped by school to do some work.
Snow days and late starts disrupt the school schedule and we know they can also be extra-inconvenient for our families. Since our families and staff come from different places and directions, each of which may be experiencing better or worse micro-climates, these decisions are difficult to make. Your safety is our primary concern. If school is closed, we hope you understand. If school is open, you must use your own judgement about whether or not it is safe for you to travel.
Due to the difficulty of predicting our weather, we prefer to wait until early in the morning to make the decision about whether or not to hold school. If it’s most probable that the next day’s driving will be hazardous, we will make the call on the evening before to provide you more time to make alternative plans.
Remember that you can always get the details about emergency schedule changes and notifications on our Emergency Closure Guidelines page.
Sign up now for Feb. 15 Kids’ Night Out
Hello Parents! Our next Kid’s Night Out (KNO) is coming up very soon‐Feb. 15. Registration is now open, so sign up as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Remember that KNO is only open to WMS students, and only to kindergarteners or higher. We cannot accept drop-ins.
Kid’s Night Out is held on one Friday night almost every school month. Upper school students created KNO in order to raise money for our end-of-year trip. The upcoming KNO will be “Time Travel”-themed and will run from 5-9 p.m. Activities and games will be provided, including face-paint. We will be watching “Peabody and Sherman”, which is rated PG, and “Meet the Robinsons” a G-rated movie for younger children. You can sign up here, on Camp Brain. The fee for KNO is $22 for the first child, $15 for the second, and $9 for any additional child(ren). For dinner, pizza will be offered at $3 a slice. We look forward to seeing you on the 15th!—Coco McLeod and Meera Kohli, KNO managers
Secondary Ski Camp offered on Feb. 20
High School and Middle School students may sign up for the first Midwinter Break Ski Camp, set for Feb. 20. The bus will leave WMS at 8 a.m., and return at 5:30 p.m. It will meet up with the Stevens Pass shuttle, and students will ride the shuttle to the summit.
Come spend the day skiing with friends at Stevens Pass Ski Resort. Whether or not you have skied or snowboarded before, this will be a fun day on the mountain. You must provide your own equipment. We encourage you to rent beforehand.
There are three pricing options:
- Transportation only: $37.30
- Transportation plus lift ticket: $86.30
- Transportation plus lift ticket plus lesson: $135.30
Some familiar staff move into different roles
We are pleased to announce Michelle Ahern as Dogwood’s new classroom program assistant. Michelle is a certified Montessori Assistant through Montessori Education Institute of the Pacific Northwest (MEIPN) and also completed Child Care Basics 30 Hours STARS training. We welcome Michelle, with her warm smile and gentle, kind ways towards children, into the Dogwood classroom community.
We are equally pleased to announce that Katie Hounwanou, a longtime WMS staff member, has moved from a float position in the Toddler/EC program at the North Creek campus to program assistant in Pine class.
Bindu Sivalanka will be a familiar friendly face in the morning EC Club House and Jillian Dickson in morning EL Club House.
Online yearbook sales open through Feb. 26
Online ordering for the 2018-2019 school yearbook is now open through Feb. 26, 2019.
To order a yearbook, see the link to online sales in your Grapevine email. The link is not publicly posted.
If you’re at school and want to order, look for the QR codes on yearbook posters for a fast link to the login/registration page.
The yearbook is only available as a full-color, hardbound, printed book, and is not posted online. It’s a permanent record of your student’s time at WMS, accessible regardless of future platform or digital capability.
- The online price for a standard yearbook is $35.
- A yearbook personalized with icons and gold foil lettering costs $38.50. Personalization is only available for online orders.
- The price rises to $40 per standard yearbook when online ordering closes.
- The yearbooks are shipped to WMS for distribution in June.
- Any add-on items offered by Jostens (not offered by WMS) cost extra, and are shipped directly to you.
Important: you are responsible for the accuracy of your order. Carefully enter and proofread all of your personalization text, and other information.
Please contact Claire Tuohy-Morgan, Director of Communications and Marketing, with any questions about the yearbook.
- Feb. 6
- •Registration for Feb. 8 camp closes
- Feb. 7
- •Basketball scrimmage
- •Family Alliance meeting CANCELED
- Feb. 8
- •NO SCHOOL, Conference Day, camp offered with prepaid reservation
- Feb. 9
- •Orienteering Winter League #7, Point Defiance Park
- •Boys basketball game, Northshore YMCA, 11:30 a.m.
- Feb. 11
- •Coffee with Sunita, Woodvinille, 2:45-3;45 p.m.
- Feb. 12
- •Upper El field trip: MUST ARRIVE AT SCHOOL AT 7:30 a.m.! The bus leaves at 7:45 a.m.
- Feb. 13
- •Coffee with Sunita, North Creek, 8:30 a.m.
- •BOT mtg., 7 p.m.
- Feb. 14
- •Basketball scrimmage at Willows Prep
- •Registration closes for midwinter break camp
- •Talent Show applications due, 5 p.m.
WMS Spring Gala & Auction 2019—“Around the World in 80 Days”
Don’t forget to check your inbox tomorrow for the latest Gala news! Gala newsletters will be sent every other Thursday. You can find Gala details anytime on the WMS website.
2018 Donations & tax receipts
Thank you to all our supporters who donated to WMS in 2018! You should have received your tax receipt and thank you letter by this time. If you are still seeking your receipt or have questions regarding your donation(s), please contact Keri Sliger.
WMS current families reenrollment and enrollment
Please read this letter from Admissions for notification, payment and reenrollment duedates and changes.
No February FA meeting
The Feb. 7 Family Alliance general assembly meeting is canceled, “But we hope to see members at the next scheduled meeting,” the leadership team says.
Still time to apply for talent show
Applications for the WMS Talent Show are due by 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14.
Spirit wear pop-up shop on Feb. 8
WMS will be holding a spirit wear pop-up shop again on Friday, Feb. 8, in the North Creek Bldg. 1 main lobby, 8-9 a.m., and again from 3-4 p.m. Credit cards and checks will be accepted (no cash). First come, first served—sizes and quantities are limited!
Only a few appointments left to observe a LE or MS classroom for 2019-2020
Choose one of two remaining appointments for a Lower Elementary observation (for current kindergarteners).
Just one appointment remains for the Middle School observation (for current sixth-graders).
Questions? Please contact Director of Admissions Julie Schwarz.
Sign-ups for WMS Talent Show due by Feb. 14
Don’t forget that applications to perform in the 2019 WMS Talent Show are due by 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14.
WMS students aged 4 years old and up, are eligible to perform. For more information, contact Theresa Kirby.
TSA lunch rescheduled to Feb. 26
WMS Families, our second Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 26. If you need to change your sign-up because of this new date, you are welcome to do so:
Thank you for your flexibility!—The TSA Committee
Welcome to the Grapevine newsletter. The Grapevine is published every Wednesday afternoon during regular school weeks. We welcome your submissions of photos and articles that are about or directly relevant to WMS students, subject to approval by the Director of Communications and Marketing. All submissions are due by 4:30 p.m., Mondays. We do not accept advertising.